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When All Is Said And Done

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When all is said and done, and you’ve breathed your very last breath, what will you leave for others to pick through?

Have you ever stopped to consider that you are not invincible?

Your body will not last forever!

You, yes you with the six pack abs and deep, golden tan. Your muscles will some day lose their tone. Your oversized chest just may drop 18 inches and make it seem as though you’re wearing an inner tube around your waist.

What will you do?

And ma’am, your skin will not always be smooth and sexy. Sorry, but you won’t alway look like you’re twenty five. There will probably come a time when men won’t turn their heads or offer you a second look when you walk into a room.

What will you do?

It would be wise to stop and consider what it is you’re giving all your attention to right now. Because that’s what you’ll leave for others.

The stuff people leave behind tell the story of their life.

Stuff. Things. Junk. Miscellaneous items at best. Even millions and billions of dollars left behind; stuff. Temporal, expendable, stuff.

If it can’t be transferred to the next life, it’s only stuff.

So, when your life is through, what will you leave behind?

When all is said and done.

Me? Oh, I’ve got stuff. Stuff I can’t take with me when I leave. Some things people may want, but most of it is just plain, old stuff.

But, like I said, my plain old stuff will tell on me.

As will every other thing I leave behind.

You know, whether you or I believe what the bible says or not; the things we’ve done in this life and the things we leave behind, WILL tell on us. We’ll be judged by our story.

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 Corinthians 5:10 ESV)

People will discuss at our funeral all the wonderful things we did in our life; they’ll tell our story. Afterwards they’ll remember how we REALLY were.

So what will you be leaving, when all is said and done?

If someone picked up the baton you were carrying, what kind of race would they run? What kind of life would they live? One you’d care to watch?

Now’s the time to think about it. Agree?

Life Is Short

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Life is short. So brief. It’s like an early morning mist covering a quiet, peaceful valley. For as soon as the sun rises, casting its illuminating rays into the valley, the mist and shadows are gone.

So short. So brief.

Even someone blessed to see their years extend into the 80’s, 90’s, and 100’s, have only had a brief pilgrimage here on earth.

But length of life does not equal value or importance.

The Lord has revealed to mankind the things He values in a life. Some things we know inherently, such as moral laws. Other things are revealed in His Word.

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 ESV)

“He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 ESV)

Mankind has a tendency to live as though this life is without end, like they’re indestructible, and any mention of an eternal reward or judgment is simply a myth.

What a shame! What a waste!

What are YOU doing with YOUR life? What will you leave behind when your life on earth is over?

Who are YOU devoted to? Who are YOU investing in? What will be YOUR legacy?

You are writing your obituary; you are living out, demonstrating, how you want people to remember you. So, how WILL people remember you?

What kind of conversation will you have with God, when your short life is all used up?

“…you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (James 4:14 ESV)

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